Book Review: Who's That Girl

Who’s That Girl?About Who’s That Girl

• Paperback: 544 pages
• Publisher: Harper (September 6, 2016)

A laugh-out-loud romance from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO

When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.

When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

 

My Thoughts

I read Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me At Hello a couple years ago, so when TLC was looking for reviewers for her newest, I jumped. For the most part, I’d really enjoyed YHMAH, though the ending drove me nuts. Seems that’s to be a common theme with McFarlane’s books. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In Who’s That Girl, Edie is 35 and single and incredibly unsympathetic. She’s just a couple of years older than I am, but I know 25 year olds more mature than she is. Through most of the story, Edie is a whiny, insecure little brat, if we’re being honest. I found myself rolling my eyes more than once.

Her “situation” isn’t all that scandalous – or maybe it is – but the drama that unfolds because of it is really quite entertaining. Unfortunately, it takes a while….nearly 200 pages…before anything ELSE happens. Most of the first half of the book is spent on Edie feeling sorry for herself and hearing about how everyone is bullying her on Facebook. It’s not until she finally starts interviewing Elliot Owen that things get interesting.

At that point, I got hooked on the book, and found myself enjoying it much like I had YHMAH. It’s formulaic chick lit, and I’m ok with that. It’s a super quick read, and while Edie doesn’t really grow much as a character, the supporting cast does – and that helps. Margot, Meg, Hannah, and Elliot really shore up the story.

Unfortunately, the closer I got to the end, the more I started to suspect we were heading down the same road as YHMAH….that is, a neatly tied-up ending. In one way, I get it – I doubt chick lit sells if the girl doesn’t get the guy in the end. (Spoiler alert? Nah.) That said, McFarlane really needs to work on her endings. It’s not that they’re bad – in fact, she’s actually quite skilled at it, since there were three separate chapters that should have been the end of the book. But no. Once again, McFarlane creates drama where it isn’t needed, gives us a resolution that – while not necessarily a “happy” one, is one that fits with the story – and then comes back in an afterthought and ties a pretty bow around it. Fairytale ending in one.

At well over 500 pages, Who’s That Girl doesn’t quite fit my description of a fluff read, but story-wise, it’s got everything you need for a perfect escape. Cheesy dialogue, flat characters, just enough romantic tension to keep it interesting, and plenty of mention of pubs, Who’s That Girl is definitely one to toss in the beach bag. Read it for what it is, enjoy it, and skip the last chapter.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the chance to review this book! 

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